The clean laboratory is used to prepare samples with pico- to nano molar levels of trace metals for concentration and isotopic composition analyses. Laboratory room surfaces are made of non-corrosive, acid resistant, metal free plastic materials (including floors, cabinets, and benches). It has a monitored positive pressure air supply with HEPA filtration, and has its own clean water supply. The laboratory is composed of several separated working spaces with different degrees of contamination-control, which serve different purposes.
Several analytical instruments, located in a next-door analytical laboratory, are used for the analysis of samples that were prepared in the clean laboratory.
Portable X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer (XRF): Bruker Tracer III-V/III-SD for qualitative determination of metals in solid samples.
Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS): Agilent 7500cx for trace metal analysis.
High Resolution Multi Collector Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (HR-MC-ICP-MS): Neptune - Thermo for isotopic analysis of Pb, Sr, Nd, Fe, Mo, Cu, and Zn.(Yigal Erel).